Is Melissa Harris-Perry “Blackophobic?”

YOU’RE A FAKE: Black America’s beloved Dr. Cornell West says its time America know that MSNBC’s newest host Melissa Harris-Perry is a fake.  West says that the attacks by his former colleague Perry in the Nation magazine and on cable news were strictly personal.

With Dr. West’s comments, we have to ask: “Is Melissa Harris-Perry Blackophobic” Some of her columns in the conservative publication, “The Nation” were risky at best.

West was responsible for bringing her to Princeton from the University of Chicago after the two met at a conference. She held a joint appointment between the Center for African American Studies and later turned on him and [Dr. Eddie] Gluade, the chairman of the department, calling them ‘hypocritical leftists.’  ‘‘I have a love for the sister, but she is a liar, and I hate lying,’’ says West. ‘‘She’s become the momentary darling of the liberals, but I pray for her because she’s in over her head. She’s a fake and a fraud. I was so surprised how treacherous the sister was.’’

He should know better than anyone.  Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

Do you agree?

Is GLAAD Blackophobic and waging war on Black Men?


In his article entitled, “Is GLAAD’s Blackophobic and waging war on Black Men?” writer Cleo Manago seeks answers to his question.

Last year GLAAD created a controversy by misquoting comedian Tracy Morgan, claiming he said, “I’d kill my son if he was gay.”  What Morgan actually said, as part of a comedy riff about Gay bullying was, “[If my son ever talks to me about being bullied, he] “better talk to me like a man and not in a gay voice or I’ll pull out a knife and stab that little ni**er to death.”

What Morgan actually meant by “gay voice” was a voice that was not “manly” or “masculine.”  From my perspective, his rant was a problematic critique of how a man – especially one at risk of being bullied – should talk.  It was not meant to be a critique of homosexuality.  Morgan’s routine was inspired more by a self-conscious reaction to attacks on Black men and manhood in America than it was a direct attack on homosexuality. I don’t condone Morgan’s comments but I understand what he meant.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (otherwise known as GLAAD) may want to consider changing their name to the GLKKK, said Manago.

An Apology to Black Women for Gay America

A LOOK BACK

Why are Black women under attack?
Why are Black women under attack?

(Blackophobic.com) – NPR’s News & Notes contributor Jasmyne Cannick wrote about the “serious race issues still at play in gay America.” Cannick has since moved on from NPR, but in her editorial entitled, “An Apology to Black Women for Gay America’ (February 26, 2008 NPR.org) Cannick’s her words still ring true.

At this year’s State of the Black Union,  [Civil Rights icon] Dick Gregory apologized to President Bill Clinton on behalf of Blacks for our role in allowing Clinton to believe that he was Black.

In that same spirit, I feel compelled to apologize to Charles Knipp on behalf of gays for allowing him to think that he’s one of the Black women that he unsuccessfully tries to emulate. I also want to apologize to Black women on behalf of gay America for Charles Knipp.

Knipp’s latest cry for help involved superimposing my head on some other Black woman’s naked body and then tactlessly posting it on his website for my continuing to expose his constant mockery of the Black woman.

Charles Knipp is a self-described forty-five-year-old, fat, gay white man who believes he’s on a mission from God. A mission that involves mimicking Black women as his alter ego character Shirley Q. Liquor. Knipp describes Liquor as being “a welfare mother with nineteen kids who guzzles malt liquor, and drives a Caddy.” The character is favorite among his core audience whom Knipp describes as being “gay men, their moms, and rednecks.”

And while Isaiah Washington was unable to escape the wrath of gay America, Charles Knipp’s blackface minstrel show continues to be rewarded by gay Americans to the tune of $90K annually.

Imus may have called Black women “nappy-headed ho’s,” but it’s Knipp who routinely tries to bring that image to life onstage as Shirley Q. Liquor when she tries to recollect the names of her “chirrun” with his skit “Who Is My Baby Daddy? Cheeto, Orangello, Chlamydia, and Kmartina…”

I blame gay America, from the political leaders to the club owners, for turning a blind eye to Knipp’s blatantly racist routines that in his words are performed mostly for “gay men, their moms and rednecks.” We are the reason that his racist act continues to go nearly undetected on the race radar. And no matter how I feel about gay America, in particular white gay America, as a lesbian, a Black lesbian, by virtue of my sexual orientation, I am reluctantly tied to you as much as you are tied to me.

Blogger Jasmyne CannickSo I am just as much to blame for failing to help you understand that just because you usurp the Black Civil Rights Movement’s strategies and language and proudly display photos of your leaders with late civil rights icons on your websites that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still very serious race issues still at play in gay America.

I should have told you that Black women continue to remain under attack in this country. And that it doesn’t matter what our standing in corporate America, the White House, the media, who we’re married to, what our sexual orientation is, how straight and long our hair is, or how light our skin, we are still Black and we are still under attack. Hear me.

I should have sat your leaders down and explained that it is not okay for any white man, straight or gay, to perform in blackface and mock African-American names and holidays. I should have made you understand that many of the same gay nightclubs that book Knipp are owned by the same people that donate money to many of your gay civil rights groups. I should have connected the dots for you. My bad.

It was I who forgot to explain that while RuPaul is African American, he’s as disconnected from Black America as Ward Connerly. So when he defends Knipp’s act, it should be taken with a grain of salt.

I should have introduced you to Angela Davis, bell hooks, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Sojourner Truth, Alice Walker, Ida Wells-Barnett, and the plight of the Black woman. Then maybe you’d understand why Charles Knipp’s act is so offensive to me as a Black woman. Then maybe you’d care.

Please forgive my shortsightedness. It won’t happen again.

Blacks are so often referred to as being the conscience of America. I want you to know that from this day forward, gay America can count on this Black lesbian to be its conscience when it comes to your involuntary and voluntary racist ways.

As for Charles Knipp, some would say that you need therapy. But I say forget therapy, I’m going to tell you this for free.

I’m sorry that you weren’t born one of the Black women that you so love to impersonate. I know how beautiful we are and how unfair it is that we are blessed with what your race often has to go out and pay for.

But I say to you, love the skin you’re in. Most people in your situation settle for surrounding themselves with Black friends, marrying someone Black, moving into a Black neighborhood, listening to hip hop, watching BET, eating Soul Food, and voting for Barack Obama. Why don’t you give it try and leave the act of being Black to those of us who are? We have enough confused Black folks out there without having to take on a confused forty-five-year-old, fat, gay white man who thinks he’s Black. — Jasmyne Cannick

Are you Blackophobic?

Blackophobic: The Blog launches to explore the world’s fear of Black people

QUOTE of the DAY:   “U cant say anything questionable now a days unless its about Black people.” – Dawan Lockett Sr. on Roland Martin Super Bowl ad controversy

END of the ROAD? Roland Martin issues statement

END of the ROAD? Roland Martin issues “Final thoughts on Super Bowl-Twitter controversy”

“Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying.

That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused.

I have consistently said on television, radio, and in print, that I am steadfast against bullying. As I wrote on CNN.com, as well as said on the nationally-syndicated Dr. Phil Show, I believe parents and schools need to take an active role in ending this epidemic that afflicts kids nationwide, gay or not.

In fact, I was bullied in school, and watched another middle schooler pulled a knife on my father when he boarded our school bus and came to the defense of me and my brother. My position has been unequivocal on this issue, and will remain so.

When we witness violence in this country against someone because they are gay, or being beaten because they are Black, that speaks to a vicious cycle that seems to be never ending.

My joking about smacking someone, whether it was in response to a commercial or food they prepare for a Super Bowl party or wearing an opposing team’s jersey, was stated in jest. It was not meant literally, and in no way would I ever condone someone doing such a thing.

As I said repeatedly, I often make jokes about soccer in the U.S., and my crack about David Beckham’s commercial was related to that and not to anyone’s sexuality. To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant.

I’m disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be respectful of others.

As someone who has spoken out forcefully against bigotry against African Americans and other minorities, as well as sexism against women, I fully understand how a group who has been unfairly treated would be offended by such comments, and, again, I am sorry for any offense my remarks caused.

I’m disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be respectful of others.

As someone who has spoken out forcefully against bigotry against African Americans and other minorities, as well as sexism against women, I fully understand how a group who has been unfairly treated would be offended by such comments, and, again, I am sorry for any offense my remarks caused.

But my focus has been steadfast and resolute in being a strong voice against such issues. My conviction has always been to speak progressively on issues confronting this country, and I will continue to do so.”

Is “The New Civil Rights Movement” Blackophobic?

When Dr. Martin Luther King and others were waging the war on racism in what is now called the “Civil Rights Movement,” they had no idea that one day their efforts would be mocked, misused and their cause hijacked.

But that’s exactly what the website, “The New Civil Rights Movement” is doing.

By declaring the gay agenda to be “the New Civil Rights Movement,” the website deeply offends the Black community,  intentionally snubs Dr. King and the Black civil rights movement and virtually ignores Blacks, including Black gays on its posts.

Blackophobic counted the number of posts on the website and determined that there might be a concern about the lack of African Americans as the focus of the posts.

We have requested an interview with the website owner for clarification. Stay tuned!